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Found at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountains, up against the 50-foot palisade that denes the “Riverbed” terrain from the bench, this 60-acre vineyard is owned by Mark Chesebro and farmed by neighbor Michael Griva. Featuring meager surface-soil over dense hardpan subsoil, the vines on this windy property are naturally low-yielding. Planted to multiple varietials, the vineyard includes seven clones of Pinot Noir.
The Pinot Noir was hand-harvested on October 4, 2010. At the winery, the fruit was gently crushed and de-stemmed with the must racked to tank. Cold-soaked for two days the juice was inoculated with RC212 (Burgundy yeast isolate) and spent 2 weeks extracting color and avors from the skins in macro-bins. Following the extraction period the must was pressed and the wine racked to French oak barrels. Aged for almost a year the wine was bottled on October 1, 2011.
This wine epitomizes the elegance and richness of Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco AVA. Loaded with juicy berry notes, the bouquet lls with raspberry cream and wild blackberry. In its recesses aromas of pomegranate, sandalwood, roses and earthy tones abound. On the palate this wine shows a red cherry and berry core along with vibrant acidity and rich tannins.
Vineyards: Cedar Lane Vineyard
Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 50% - Pommard Clone 4, 5% -“Dijon” Clone 667
Harvest: October 4th 2010
Aging: French Oak, 14% New Dargaud Jaegle, Mercurey & Taransaud
Bottled: October 1st, 2011
Production: 168 cases
Mercy Vineyards is the fruition of friendships. Vintners Mark Dirickson and Mike Kohne have known one another for over a decade and have, collectively, been in the wine industry for over 45 years. Their experiences lead them to believe that the regional aspects of the Arroyo Seco AVA make it one of world's ideal growing regions for the wines they produce. Sourcing idyllic fruit, the wines are vinified by Mark and Mike's long-time friend and distinguished winemaker Alan Phillips. Produced in small lots, Alan employs classical winemaking techniques to help enhance the overall character of the Mercy wines.
More at www.mercywines.com.